Marble Factory in Andalucia Makes Plates for the Best Chefs in the World

It started as a way to get some more income since sales from chimneys and columns were quickly dropping. However, this company from Almería, never thought their inMarmol marble tableware would have so much success. Clients for Sabiota Innova now include prestigious chefs like Ferrán Adriá, Arzak and Sergi Arola that use these handcrafted plates to show off their creations, and the list keeps on growing. They are also very popular internationally and can be found in restaurants like Melrose Place in Los Angeles and in New York’s Fifth Avenue. These innovative plates are currently only being sold to chefs that are looking to be a bit different, and prices can be quite high. However the company is considering opening sales to the general public in the future. Worth a look if you want to bring something a bit different to your table.
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Super Bowl Snacks

We’re days away from the Super Bowl Final. Its set to be a big one between these two teams so we have come up with a great Super Bowl Snacks Food Menu to get us through the game. We’re kicking off with an NFL classic of homemade baked nachos with sour cream and guacamole, shortly followed up by boneless smoked chicken wings glazed with our secret barbecue sauce. 2nd Down will be a couple of pizzas off the barbecue. We’re gonna go with Chorizo and Hail Mary Jalapenos, and a Spicy meatball on a tomato vodka sauce. No game would be complete without a burger so it has to be the classic American pulled pork. I’ve never seen this on a menu anywhere but in the US, and I love ‘em. Slow roasted shredded pork shoulder with balsamic red onion jam in a soft bap. Washed down with an IPA it is absolutely amazing. These guys take around 5 hours to prepare from start to finish but are really easy so don’t be put off. They are definitely worth it!!

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Baltimore Ravens 34-31 San Francisco 49’s 2013

Top Ten Reasons to Visit Puerto Banus

It’s got it all and close to home!

Puerto Banus has quickly developed into a popular tourist destination.  A close flight away from London (only 2.5 hours), this luxurious marina has become known as one of the best party towns in Europe.  Built in 1970 by José Banus, the port receives around 5 million visitors a year, mainly from Northern Europe, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.  The impressive harbor has 915 berths and can hold boats that range from 8m to 50m.  With an extensive variety of hotels, bars, restaurants and shops to choose from; Puerto Banus offers unlimited entertainment.  Here are our top ten things to do in Puerto Banus.

  1. Party, Party, Party – There are plenty of bars, nightclubs and beach clubs to choose from that offer a wide range of music and style options.  With so many alternatives, it can be hard to settle for one place.
  2. Luxury Car Hire – Bentley, Ferrari, Lamborghini…if you visit Puerto Banus you are sure to spot any of these cars…even better, you can actually rent one for the day!
  3. Casino Marbella – Located a short walk away from Puerto Banus, the casino is open till late every day.  Whether you enjoy watching experienced players bet their money or you like placing a few bets yourself, the casino is a great place to spend the evening.
  4. Golf – Costa del Sol, also known as Costa del Golf, is home to some of the best golf courses in the world.  Its sunny climate makes it an ideal destination for avid golfers.
  5. Polo –  The Santa Maria Polo Club is located a short drive away from Marbella, in Sotogrande.  Enjoy watching some of the best polo players practice this great sport in one of the most prestigious clubs in the world.
  6. Boat trips – Another great way to enjoy the marina is to hire a boat for the day.  Explore Marbella’s coast and beaches in style. You can take your private chef on the boat for a complete experience or get a lunch hamper specially made for the day.
  7. Ascari Race Resort – If you like fast cars, this is the place for you!  The nearby Ascari Race Resort gives you the opportunity to drive a Formula 1 car in a racing circuit.  Why not give it a try?
  8. Shopping – Elegance, exclusivity, glamour…all can be found in Puerto Banus.  From the most important designers such as Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Louis Vuitton to the variety found in Corte Ingles, Zara and Mango you are sure to find what you are looking for here!
  9. Spa Day – Can you think of a better way to get pampered than to relax in one of the many luxury spas located in the area? Enjoy a special treatment, have a massage on the beach or unwind in the Jacuzzi with your friends. What a great way to spend the day!
  10. Beach – Let’s not forget the best reason why people flock to the area. Banus’ warm climate and sandy beaches are the perfect place to get a sun tan or to spot the hottest celebrities visiting the town.

Puerto Banus’ great climate, extensive choice of activities and entertainment are sure to make your stay unforgettable.

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Protein Pancakes

Protein pancakes are a great breakfast for people who want to maintain a healthy lifestyle. It is recommended that protein pancakes are only eaten on training days. 2 Eggs 1 Egg White 1/2 Cup Oatmeal 1 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder 1/4 Vanilla Yoghurt 1/4 Teaspoon Cinnamon 1/4 Teaspoon Splenda or similar Cooking oil Spray Combine all ingredients together so well mixed. Heat a non-stick pan and lightly coat with cooking oil. Add enough mix to cover the base of the pan so the pancake is 3-4mm thick. Cook the pancake until the edges become firm and then flip. Cook for one to two minutes more. Serve with syrup or jam.

 

 

 

 

Easy Starter for a Dinner Party

Mushroom Spring Rolls, Galangal Emulsion

 

An easy starter for a dinner party is always good and spring rolls are always a good option. These are no exception and great to start the meal or even as a canapé with drinks.

Serves 4

Galangal Emulsion

One 2 inch piece of galangal or ginger, peeled and chopped

50ml fresh lime juice

50ml rice vinegar

2 large egg yolks

Maldon Salt

200ml neutral oil such as grape or corn Chopped tarragon

 

Spring Rolls

50g butter

100g shitaki mushrooms (clean and trimmed)

100g oyster mushrooms (clean and trimmed)

100g cremini mushrooms (clean and trimmed)

50ml shaoxing wine

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1 garlic clove

1 cm minced ginger

2 large shallots finely sliced

1 lemongrass root minced

1/2 red chilli minced Zest of one lemon Spring roll wrappers cut down to 5 sq inches

Corn oil for frying 16 baby gem heart leaves.

 

for the emulsion put the galangal, lime juice and vinegar in a blender and blend until smooth. Add yolks and salt, continue to blend. With the machine running gently add the oil in a steady stream. Add the tarragon to taste and puree until smooth and green. Strain through a fine sieve, refrigerate until ready for use.

For the spring rolls mixture melt the butter over a medium heat in a large frying pan and add the mushrooms, wine, soy sauce. Cover with a lid and cook down until the mushrooms have released their juices and tender. Will take 10-15 minutes.

Remove the lid and continue to cook until the juices have evaporated and the mushrooms nicely glazed. Place on a tray and refrigerate until cool. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large pan and add the lemongrass, chilli, garlic, ginger, shallots and cook until slightly coloured and remove from heat. Add the lemon zest and salt, stir well and cool. Add to the mushroom mixture.

For the roll beat the egg yolks in a bowl: lay out 8 wrappers on the work surface. Divide the mushroom filling between the wrappers and place diagonally across the wrapper. Fold in the sides and egg wash the upper triangle edges with the egg yolk mix. Then tightly roll. Heat the oil for frying in a heavy, deep pan. Carefully add the rolls to the hot oil turning occasionally until crispy and golden brown.When removing from the oil place on paper towel.

Cut each spring roll in half on the diagonal and place in the baby gem leaf with the emulsion. If not using straight away after rolling refrigerate on silicon paper without cling film. Use a clean cloth to cover.